Aligning Yourself With the Right Influences

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Who we choose to invest our time with has long term implications.  I’ve heard that you become the average of the five people closest to you.  In other words, if you spend time with coworkers who constantly complain, you will find yourself complaining.  If you spend time with people who are determined to be successful, you will feel driven and motivated.  It is crucial to your success that you align yourself with the right people.  Here is how:

Take inventory of your relationships.

Take an honest look at who you spend your time with.  Do they challenge you to become better?  Do you admire their work ethic, attitude, and outlook on life?  Are they supportive of your goals?  Do you have any relationships that drain the life out of you and leave you feeling exhausted?  Really think about where you are allocating your time.

Take an honest look at yourself.

Are you threatened by people who are more successful than you?  Do you enjoy gossip?  Are you annoyed by people who have a positive outlook?  When you are with successful people, do you try to bring them down or one up their success?  Be brutally honest with yourself.  Are you the type of person successful people would want to invest in?

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Make adjustments.

Once you identify negative influences in yourself and in your inner circle, it is time to take out the trash.  Remove the negative individuals from your inner circle and replace them with people who inspire and motivate you.  Change your habits, change your thought patterns, and alter your schedule to avoid toxic relationships.  If you are trying to lose weight, spend time with people who work out and eat a healthy diet.  Perhaps you want to be successful in handling wealth; spend time with people who have a firm grip on their finances.  If you are trying to become a more successful salesperson, spend time with successful salespeople.

Make investments.

Do you know anyone who is living your dream?  Align yourself with these individuals.  Ask questions, study what they are doing, and watch how they approach challenges.  Listen more than you speak and you will be amazed at what you learn.  Carefully consider who you want in your inner circle, and be intentional about investing time into these relationships.

 

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